May 9, 2012
"What an irony that a society confronted with plastic bags filled with the remains of aborted babies should be more concerned about the problem of recycling the plastic"... - Winifred Egan
"Each child is sent into this world by God with a "Unique Message" to deliver, a new personal act of love to bestow"... - John Powell, S.J., Professor of Theology
My recent article, Culture of Death was one of the most difficult articles I've ever written. Yet, the response from pro-life websites and pro-life supporters was extraordinary. My article has been reprinted on many of these wonderful sites and I thank each of them. An email from Biking for Babies came as a response to my article.
Biking for Babies caught my eye because I have a dear cousin who is married to a retired physician. This retired doctor rides his bicycle with his friends every day and I don't mean just around a few blocks. Five or so years ago when Dr. Bob was 75, he and his friends and their wives flew out to San Diego, CA and then he and his retired buddies biked from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida. Yes, at 75 years of age. The ladies went shopping and flew home. So, I'm hoping these wonderful young people will take a lesson from my dear cousin's amazing husband and ride for health and for the babies for many years to come.
"Biking for Babies" should fill you with joy at what our young people are doing to help women in crisis pregnancies. I've heard so many pro-abort people state that children are abused and thus abortion should be legal. Yes, children are abused, but with this thinking, it's better to kill them? Certainly not all unwanted pregnancies end up with abused children. This group of young people who are bicycling hundreds of miles to raise money for unborn babies are the youth we need to support and applaud. They are courageous and should fill us all with hope.
Founded by Jimmy Becker (25), and Mike Schaefer (23), who became fast friends while students at the University of Illinois, this is the fourth year for the ride for babies. Jimmy is originally from Des Moines, Iowa and now works as a missionary with FOCUS Missions, a Fellowship of Catholic University Students at the University of Texas in Austin.
Mike Schaefer is originally from Freeburg, Illinois and currently works as the Associate Director at the New Center at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. I asked Mike what made him a prolife supporter. He said it started out as a 100 mile bike ride when they were in college. He mentioned it to his friend Jimmy Becker and they decided the next summer they'd ride 500 miles and do it for pro-life. Both young men came from strong Catholic families and communities and grew up with a love for life and for the prolife movement. Mike commented, "We want everyone to have the opportunity to experience the beauty of life as we have, and with the ride, we are doing our best to promote the protection of life from the moment of conception to a natural death."
Mike said the future vision is to have multiple routes riding from different points all over the country that will converge on Chicago at the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Aurora, Illinois. [Link]
Unfortunately, The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) has already raised $400,000 from its third annual “Abortion Bowl-aThon” to help fund what it calls “reproductive justice” (ironic that they would call it that). They hope to raise another $40,000 for abortions in Washington, DC, from their “Abortion miniature golf-a-thon.” [Link] In stark contrast, the fourth annual Biking for Babies hopes to raise $40,000 for six pro-life organizations in the midwest.
The original Biking for Babies ride was a 600 mile trip from Carbondale, Illinois to Chicago over the boys' spring break and they raised $13,000. They've increased their fundraising every year and hope to reach a goal of $40,000 in this year's ride. Beneficiaries of the endeavor include organizations in six different states.
This year's ride will be from May 21 - 29, nine days. The group of 10 young men and women will bike from New Orleans to Chicago on this year's Biking for Babies ride. They will ride between 90 and 190 miles per day, with stops in Columbia, Jackson and Greenwood, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Freeburg and Champaign, Illinois, and concluding in Chicago. They prepare and train by cycling long distances, running and weight training. Many of the riders are competitive athletes. Jimmy Becker, Stacy Hague of Chicago, and Jeremy Winter of Mobile, Alabama are all triathletes. Hague is also on the Cross Country Team at University of Illinois. Schaefer runs marathons and was able to convince fellow teammate Taylor Caputo, of Streator, Illinois into running a half marathon this past fall for conditioning for Biking for Babies.
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As I've stated in many of my articles, the core of all our problems in this country come from two things...kicking God out of every facet of American life, and murdering innocent babies in their mothers' wombs. These young people are working for God and for the unborn. Won't you please support them with a donation. A crisis pregnancy is most difficult for young women, but their lives and the lives of their babies can be made so much easier with your donation to Biking for Babies. You can send a check to Biking for Babies, 1116 West College Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61606-1728, or you can go to their website, www.bikingforbabies.com and donate with a credit card. You can also visit them on facebook.
Every penny counts towards life. Please help the unborn.
Deuteronomy 30:19 20 “… I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
© 2012 Kelleigh Nelson - All Rights Reserved
Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots. Kelleigh is presently the secretary for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign, a strong freedom advocate group.